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October 1928

BLIND PERITONSILLAR ABSCESS RESULTING IN DEATH FROM GENERAL PERITONITIS DISCOVERED POSTMORTEM

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WATERVILLE, ME.
From the Otolaryngologic Service at Sisters Hospital.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1928;8(4):446-447. doi:10.1001/archotol.1928.00620020470008

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Abstract

The following case of blind peritonsillar abscess is of interest especially because of the finding of complications at autopsy.

A woman, aged 27, came into the hospital in January, 1928, suffering from acute tonsillitis. There was nothing of clinical significance in her family history, and she had always been well except for an operation for "appendicitis with adhesions and cystic condition of the ovaries" three years before. She stated that during the past six months she had not been feeling well and had lost 35 pounds (16 Kg.). Five days before admission to the hospital, she had developed sore throat, evidently contracted from another member of the family who had a severe peritonsillar abscess. The left tonsil was swollen and covered with a grayish exudate, and the culture showed Streptococcus hemolyticus. Two days later, some pus was evacuated from this tonsil, which caused improvement. On the following day, however, her

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